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Belyayev, Mitrofan (Petrovich)

Belyayev, Mitrofan (Petrovich) (b St Petersburg, 1836; d St Petersburg, 1904). Russ. music publisher. Enthusiastic sponsor of ‘new’ nationalist school of Russian composers. Founded his publishing house at Leipzig, 1885, and sponsored concerts in St Petersburg. Russian composers gathered at his St Petersburg house every Friday from 1891, hence 16 pieces for str. qt. known as ‘Les Vendredis’ (Fridays) written in his honour in collab. by Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Lyadov, and others. Firm moved to Bonn, then to Frankfurt. Absorbed by C. F. Peters, 1971.

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